Am I Getting Less Pay

April 26, 2013 by asad20366  
Published in Women

Am I getting less pay.

This post is from staff writer Kristin Wong.

I just read Barbara Stanny’s “Secrets of Six-Figure Women.” I was happy to find that I share similar traits to the 150 women she interviewed. But there was a section that stood out to me, mostly because I didn’t expect it to stand out to me.

We previously reviewed Stanny’s book “Overcoming Underearing.” Guest reviewer Jeremy M. wrote:

“[Stanny] learned that the big difference between highly successful women and less successful women was how they valued themselves and what they were willing to do to get what they wanted.”

I’ve never thought of myself as an underearner. I value myself highly, and I’m willing to work very, very hard to get what I want. So I was surprised when I got to the chapter on underearning. Stanny outlines nine traits of the typical underearner, and contrary to what I thought, I fit the bill for quite a few.

(Note: While the book definitely addresses women’s issues, I think men can get just as much from Stanny’s insight.)

1. Underearners have a high tolerance for low pay

“High earners make darn sure they’re well compensated for their time and work,” Stanny writes. “But it rarely dawns on (or appeals to) an underearner to set her sights on a higher salary.” As I read this, I thought to myself, I wouldn’t say I have a high tolerance for low pay, but I have tolerated it in the past. I tolerated it because I felt I had to pay my dues.

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